Darjeeling - the queen of Hills is the popular most Hill tourism destination in West Bengal. The lush green Tea Gardens, Mt. Kanchenjunga, & DHR are the main attractions of Darjeeling along with its reach nature & cultural aspects. It is located in the Singalila Range of Eastern Himalaya with an elevation of 7,100 Ft. (2,164.1 m). It is famous for beautiful tea gardens and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) the ‘Toy Train’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Places to visit in Darjeeling
Tiger Hill : Tiger Hill being the popular most as the view point of Mt Kanchenjunga with the lovely sunrise. It is located 16km away from Darjeeling Town. From Tiger Hill one can enjoy the effect of sunlight on Mt. Kanchendzonga as well as Mt. Everest. Pandim, Makalu, Kabru, Kumbhakarna are some of the other peaks visible from Tiger Hill.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park : Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is spread across 67.56-acres in the hilly town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958 and has an average elevation of 7,000 feet, is famous for being the largest high altitude zoo in India. It houses some rare Himalayan spices like snow leopard & red panda.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) : The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) is the eminent most platforms to learn & explore each and every minute detail of mountaineering and systematic training for the prospective and professional mountaineers. Persons with the adventurous zeal from all over the country choose HMI as their stepping stone till the advanced level before conquering the mountains. This was one of the prominent most mountaineering institutes established post-independence. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute does have an outstanding Geography, being surrounded by the heavenly hills-tea belts & the mesmerizing peaks of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway : The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), popularly known as "Toy Train", is a narrow gauge railway. It used to run between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, but in present the service is vailable only between Kureuong & Darjeeling. A Joy Ride by DHR from Darjeeling to Ghoom 7 back to Darjeeling is very popular among the tourist. It is declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
Batasia Loop : A Loop is basically a spiral railway track created to lower the gradient. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India has a number of loops in its way. Basasia Loop is decorated with a beautiful garden & war memorial. The journey through Batasia Loop & and view of Kanchandzonga from the same, is mesmerizing.
Ghoom Monastery : Looking for a peaceful destination around Darjeeling, Ghoom Monastery is the one to be included in your list. The tiny town of Ghoom is famous for the Monastery or Gumpha which was established by the famous Mongolian Monk, Sokpo Sherab Gyatso in 1850. This century old Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of the Yiga Choeling Gumpha. The Gumpha is situated at an elevation of 8,000 Ft, nearby the Ghoom Railway station. The main attraction of the monastery is a 15Ft high statue of 'Maitreya Buddha' (prospective Buddha).
Peace Pagoda & Japanese Temple : Darjeeling Peace Pagoda is situated just a few kilometers away fro darjeeling town. The Peace Pagoda was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii. The foundation was laid by Nichidatsu Fujii himself in 1972 & it was inaugurated in the year 1992. Close to the Pagoda the Japanese Temple. It was built in 1972 in a traditional Japanese style.
Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car: Are you ready to feel the thrill, then here you are at the oldest passenger ropeway of India. This Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car is best known as the Ropeway connects the hill town of Darjeeling with Singla Bazar, over the beautiful Rangit Valley. You can reach at the North point of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute to board the ride. One can experience this heavenly journey over the lavish green tea plantation, through the dreamy clouds to feel at the top of the world.
Happy Valley Tea Gardens: Having spent some time in Darjeeling, you cannot be kept yourself away from the popular most valleys that serve the world the best of aroma. The Happy Valley Tea gardens give the rolling hills an Emerald status with its vast popularity. This Tea Estate is spread across 435 acres and is nonetheless a must visit for the tourists. The reason being the easy accessibility from the hill town of Darjeeling.
The Mall and Chowrasta: Thinking of taking memoranda from this trip, and for the usual demands of near and dear ones back home, The Chowrasta welcomes you with its authentic collections. Being situated at the heart of the hilly town, the Chowrasta is the main commercial destination of Darjeeling. You can try the numerous varieties of traditional and conventional dishes. Beautiful artifacts, woolen items and other hilly picks are must to attract your shopaholic mind.
In between a small Amphitheatre that hosts live performances from numerous bands. You can enjoy your cup of aroma by strolling down the road or by relaxing at the side benches. The famous hill top temple of Mahakal is situated at the heart of this place. This crowded commercial hub of the hill heaven is, known as The Mall, controls the local economy.
Ava Art Gallery: You have the passion of the contemporary art, then the Ava Art Gallery should be your next destination, just 4 kms outskirts of the hill town towards Darjeeling town center. Late Ava Devi, who was famous for her rich contribution of embroidery art, established the Art Gallery along with Bhopal Rao Sett. It showcases the eccentric beauty of the hill town.Morning hours are usually preferable between 8A.M-12 Noon to calmly visualize the Art works.
Rock Garden & Ganga Maya Park: Take a ride of about 10 Kms from Darjeeling to the down valley to reach the Barbotey Rock Garden. The journey of about 30 minutes through the layers of the dreamy clouds. The stepwise seating arrangements at different levels are been created by cutting the rocks, thy Rock Garden. The cascading flow of the waterfalls from the top, beautiful trees and flower gardens at different levels and the upward climbing the stairs for the enthusiasts, give full marks to this awesome spot.
Go further down of about 3 Kms; you reach the beautiful valley, the Ganga Maya Park. The lucid water flow over the rocky bed is a treat to watch from the tiny bridges built over the stream. Paddle boating in the small lake and the lovely fountain are other attractions of this park.
Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center: Self-help is the best help, which was the main mantra of the Tibetan refugees who followed Dalai Lama and migrated from Tibet. They set up this center to establish themselves as self-independent. And the overall process and set up is the symbol of their determination since its inception in October 2, 1959.
Bhutia Busty Monastery : Bhutia Busty monastery is a Buddhist monastery located in Tongsong, Darjeeling, India. It also known as Karmaa Dorjee Chyoling monastery. It belongs to the Red Sect of Buddhist Lamas.
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